Daniel "Dan" Wenner, a former federal prosecutor, defends individuals and corporations in all phases of complex civil, criminal and regulatory matters. He also conducts internal corporate investigations for companies, involving allegations of sexual misconduct, fraud, federal and state healthcare law violations and other misconduct.
Dan has conducted several investigations regarding sexual misconduct and abuse. He was a key member of the Day Pitney team that defended a hospital against allegations of sexual misconduct by an employee. Dan also conducted investigations into separate allegations of sexual abuse by faculty members of various educational and other institutions. In the course of these engagements, he has interviewed and evaluated the credibility of both victims and perpetrators, advised his institutional clients about the veracity of the claims and counseled those clients about how best to navigate the minefield of difficult issues that these cases present.
In addition, Dan has conducted internal investigations for large healthcare, financial services and insurance companies, where allegations of fraud or other misconduct were made. He has defended individuals in prosecutions by the U.S. Attorney's Offices for the District of Connecticut and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Dan has helped both individuals and organizations in response to investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Connecticut Attorney General's Office and the Connecticut Department of Banking. He was also part of Day Pitney's corporate monitor team for a healthcare company pursuant to a deferred prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice.
Outside of the white collar arena, Dan has represented clients in complex state and federal civil matters. He has also represented clients in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts.
Prior to joining Day Pitney, Dan served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn. As a federal prosecutor, Dan was a member of the Business and Securities Fraud section, where he investigated and prosecuted violations of the federal securities fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering statutes. In addition to trying several cases to verdict, including against the so-called "Mafia Cops" (Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa), Dan briefed and argued several appeals before the Second Circuit. He also served as corporate counsel in the healthcare law compliance group within the legal division of a major pharmaceutical company.
Represented a hedge fund executive in a wire fraud prosecution by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut
Represented taxpayer in response to civil investigations by the Internal Revenue Service
Represented taxpayer in a criminal proceeding brought by the IRS and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut
Represented attorneys in separate wire fraud and mortgage fraud prosecutions by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut
Represented a broker-dealer executive in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act prosecution by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District
Represented healthcare company in investigation by the Connecticut Attorney General's Office
Represented a state development corporation executive in an enforcement proceedings brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Represented a hedge fund manager in response to requests for documents by the SEC and avoided any enforcement action
Represented an individual and closely held organizations in enforcement proceedings brought by the Securities and Business Investments Division of the Connecticut Department of Banking
Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a publicly held financial institution in connection with an allegation that misstatements were made in an internal audit report
Conducted an internal investigation at a regional hospital chain into alleged healthcare fraud
Conducted several internal investigations on behalf of educational institutions into allegations of sexual abuse by faculty members
Represented financial services firm in civil action in state court, successfully obtaining dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction
Recipient of a Day Pitney Coleman Award for his commitment to pro bono and public service, 2017
Appointed to the Criminal Justice Act Panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
Appointed to the Pro Bono Panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Litigation Advisory Committee
Read to a Child Program, Betances Elementary School, Hartford, CT
CT Appleseed HELP Program, Day Pitney Coordinator of monthly clinic at the South Park Inn homeless shelter to provide legal advice to those in need